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Posted 10/15/2017

Human Cognitive Evolution Lecture Series & Leighton Wilkie Memorial Lecture

"Chimpanzees, Hands, & Tools: Models for the evolution of Technology in Humans"


Anthropology Department

Miami University, Oxford, Ohio

Linda Marchant is a professor of biological anthropology in the Department of Anthropology at Miami University (Ohio). This year, she received the prestigeous Miami University Benjamin Harrison Medallion Award for research, teaching, and service. She was the founding Chair of the Anthropology Dept. and served as chair for 10 years. Her research interests include behavioral primatology, laterality of function (handedness), African apes and visual anthropology. She is the author of more than 70 book chapters and journal articles.

Sponser: The Stone Age Institute  & IU’s Cognitive Science Program
Date: Thursday, November 2, 2017 at 3:00pm
Location: Whittenberger Auditorium Indiana University Bloomington campus
Address: 900 E. 7th Street

This lecture is presented in partnership with a grant from The John Templeton Foundation

Posted 8/29/2017

The Bloomington Animal Shelter is seeking motivated and compassionate individuals to provide enrichment and basic behavior modification through gentle methods primarily of positive reinforcement, counter conditioning, classical conditioning, etc. The individuals will often work with dogs that are experiencing behavioral issues within the shelter environment. These dogs can have issues varying from kennel stress, dog to dog reactivity, fearfulness, little or no training, etc. The intern must have working knowledge of general canine body language, dog to dog body language and have safe animal handling skills. The individuals must be able to work independently as well with staff members. Completion of a shelter orientation is required before internship begins. The intern reports directly to Emily Herr, Outreach and Behavior Coordinator

 All interested individuals should send a resume to

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Posted 9/1/2017

We are a group of students with a mission to educate, fundraise, and volunteer with the Indiana Canine Assistant Network (ICAN). ICAN focuses not only on the service dogs in the program but on the individuals involved in this process. We're looking for people who would be interested in joining! If you are interested, please send your name and IU email address to

· About ICAN : ICAN is a 501(c)3 non-profit organizations founded in 2001 that utilizes multiple prisons in the state of Indiana to train service dogs. These service dogs are then carefully placed with a disabled individual, ensuring their personality types and needs match up.

· General Member : We are looking for students or members of the Bloomington community interested in attending monthly meetings and fund-raising events. The goal of these members is to spread awareness on campus about service dogs and plan events that could help raise money for ICAN.

· Furlough : We are looking for students or members of the Bloomington community to commit to hosting a service-dog-in-training for a three week period three times over the course of the school year. Each dog will have two human companions who will split up the responsibility according to their own schedules. Please note this is still a large time commitment, and it will be necessary for you to attend additional meetings and complete extensive training before handling these animals.

· Executive Board : Ashton Asbury and Julie Mathias will be serving as ICAN at IU's Presidents for the 2017-2018 school year. We are looking for students to hold the role of Secretary, Treasurer, or a general executive member. If this interests you, please contact us:

· Questions? : Please do not hesitate to reach out to Ashton or Julie via ICAN's email address to ask any questions you may have!

Julie Mathias and Ashton Asbury

Indiana Canine Assistant Network (ICAN) at Indiana University Co-Presidents

Posted 8/29/2017

Dr. Jeff Alberts' Animal Behavior Lab is currently looking for undergraduate research assistants for our NIH-funded project to investigate the association between maternal gut microbiome and neurobehavioral development in offspring.

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